The North Pacific: an Example of Tectonics on a Sphere

@article{McKenzie1967TheNP,
  title={The North Pacific: an Example of Tectonics on a Sphere},
  author={D. McKenzie and R. Parker},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1967},
  volume={216},
  pages={1276-1280}
}
Individual aseismic areas move as rigid plates on the surface of a sphere. Application of the Mercator projection to slip vectors shows that the paving stone theory of world tectonics is correct and applies to about a quarter of the Earth's surface. 
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